The Duck Rabbit Milk Stout - Tasting Notes

The Duck Rabbit is a small craft brewery in Farmville, NC, which is in eastern North Carolina, about an hour drive east from Raleigh.

The Milk Stout from The Duck Rabbit definitely uses a heavily roasted grain. The dominate taste is a rich and distinct roasted flavor, but its not at all burned or scorched tasting. Meanwhile, the mouth feel is smooth and light. These beers slide right down. This is one of those stouts that will surprise those who say they don’t like dark beers.

duck-rabbit-milk-stout-in-glassInterestingly, there is a light syrupy sweetness to the beer. I’m guessing this is due to the lactose (milk sugar) that’s introduced during the brewing process.

The Milk Stout pours easily and is not overly carbonated. But, still, there’s plenty of carbonation to please the tongue. When poured steadily into my glass, a very small and lightly colored head developed. This head almost completely disappeared within 60 seconds.

I enjoyed my first Milk Stout with a bowl of slightly overly-salted popcorn, which I thought was a pretty nice complement to the dark stout. I picked up The Duck Rabbit at my local grocery store (in Roanoke, VA), and at $8.99 per sixer, I’ll probably pick up one of these again.

A Philadelphia Beer Infographic

I was poking around the mecca for infographic-lovers over at visual.ly and came across this Philadelphia Beer Infographic, which highlights breweries throughout Delaware, South Jersey, and Southeastern Pennsylvania. Fun facts on infographic include the differences between ales and and lager beers, and a brief history of beer in Philadelphia.

For your entertainment, you’ll see “dumb PA beer laws” down the right side of the image.

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Infographic by Maskar. As seen at Visual.ly

Delaware Wine & Beer Festival Set For Oct 20 in Dover

DOVER, DE — Tickets are now on sale for the Fourth Annual Delaware Wine and Beer Festival, set at the beautiful 19th century farm village at the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village in Dover, Delaware. This year’s theme is “Drink Local, Eat Local and Buy Local” and will feature the full contingency of Delaware wineries, breweries, distilleries, artisans and eateries who will participate in the event.

Nearly all Delaware breweries, wineries and distilleries will be on hand to serve samples of their Delaware-made products:

  • 3rd Wave Brewing Company, Delmar
  • 16 Mile Brewing Company, Georgetown
  • Argilla Brewing Company, Newark
  • Delaware Distilling Company, Rehoboth Beach
  • Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton
  • Fenwick Wine Cellars, Fenwick Island
  • Fordham/Dominion Brewing Company, Dover
  • Great Shoals Winery representing T.S. Smith Orchards, Bridgeville
  • Harvest Ridge Winery, Marydel
  • Mispillion River Brewing, Milford
  • Nassau Valley Vineyards, Lewes
  • Painted Stave Distillery, Smyrna
  • Pizzadili Winery & Vineyards, Felton
  • Twin Lakes Brewery, Greenville

In addition to wine, beer and spirits sampling, the event will include the Delaware Artisan Faire with 40 local artisans and artists just in time for tax-free holiday shopping; live music; a corn hole tournament; keg tossing competition; and new this year, the Delaware Homebrew Championship.

A five-course gourmet wine dinner prepared by the award-winning Abbott’s Grill will be held on Saturday evening at Harvest Ridge Winery. Tickets are $75 per person or $800 for a table of eight. A lodging package at $300 per couple includes two tickets to the gourmet dinner and two tickets to the Sunday festival.

The event will be held from 12 noon to 5 p.m. Admission, which will include choice of 10 samples, will be $25 if purchased in advance or $35 at the door. The first 500 ticket buyers will also receive a free keepsake wine or beer glass. Full pours of wine and beer will be available for sale along with non-alcoholic beverages and food provided by local restaurants.

The event will be held rain or shine, and will be moved inside the museum in case of poor weather. To purchase tickets, visit http://www.DelawareWineandBeerFestival.com or call Kent County Tourism, 302-734-4888 or 800-233-5368.

16 Mile Taphouse Opens in Newark, DE; Replaces The Stone Balloon Winehouse

In the space formerly occupied by The Stone Balloon Winehouse, 16 Mile Taphouse has planted roots with an impressive craft beer menu, making it a premier beer destination in northern Delaware. Naturally, the beer list includes all of the available varieties from 16 Mile Brewery including the Amber Sun Ale, Old Court Ale, Inlet India Pale Ale, Blues’ Golden Ale, Peter’s Deptford Addiction, Long Ben E.S.B., and Responders Ale.

16-mile-taphouse-barDuring the conversion from The Stone Balloon Winehouse, the bar was overhauled to include a new 20-tap draft beer system. I was hoping for a little more variety with a few guest beers on draft, but I’m told the only beers on tap will be the 16 Mile brews.

The beer menu also features over 100 bottled and canned varieties, including a few ciders, and even Crabbies Ginger Beer.

Photo: The Stone Balloon Winehouse Facebook Page

Have you been to 16 Mile Taphouse? How’s the beer? How’s the food? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Unknown Brewing Co. To Open In Charlotte's South End

Charlotte is quickly becoming a beer town, with several craft brewery already in operation. The latest addition, Unknown Brewing Company, hopes to be up and running by October of this year. Unknown plans to have a 30 barrel brew house. The brewery is to be run by Brad Shell, who has worked in the past for Terrapin Beer Company (Georgia), and Rogue Ales (Oregon).

At the time of this post, the Unknown Brewing website does not yet have any information on what styles of beers it intends on brewing. More to come.

Additional source: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/06/28/4135397/new-brewery-headed-to-south-end.html

Mad Fox Brewing Company To Open Taproom

Mad Fox is Coming to DC

Brewer Bill Madden to Expand Award-Winning Concept with Opening of Taproom in Glover Park by First Quarter 2014

Falls Church, VA – Following last month’s festive celebration of the third anniversary of its flagship brewpub in Falls Church, Mad Fox Brewing Company announced today that it will expand to Washington, DC, with plans to open a 4,590 square foot taproom at 2218 Wisconsin Avenue, NW in Glover Park. Mad Fox Brewing Company Taproom (Mad Fox Taproom), a 127-seat neighborhood establishment, is slated to open by the end of first quarter 2014, depending on the renovations needed and the permitting process.

“Glover Park is a wonderful neighborhood that deserves a great beer bar like the Mad Fox Taproom,” said Mad Fox CEO and Executive Brewer Bill Madden. Mad Fox has been searching for a location in the Nation’s Capital for the past 20 months, scouting out 27 neighborhoods throughout the District.  “Glover Park offers an ideal fit for our concept and shares similarities with Falls Church in its demographics and overall environment.  And just like in Falls Church, we look forward to becoming an active and positive member of the community, contributing to both the economy and the culinary options of the area.”

The Mad Fox Taproom will showcase its award-winning handcrafted beers with draught and English-style cask service, with up to 24 draught and cask options. Diners can expect a full menu with appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, salads and small plates.

“All of the beers will be brewed in Falls Church in our 15-barrel brewery. We have plenty of capacity in our brewery and we’ll be able to serve all of our Falls Church fans, wholesale clients and the Glover Park taproom without any compromises.” Madden said. “Though the spotlight will be on our beers, our food is a key part of our concept and will help the taproom evoke a brewpub environment.”

Opening in Washington, DC has been part of the business model ever since Madden and business partner Rick Garvin formulated the Mad Fox concept in 2007. Though the pair eventually settled on Falls Church as its home base, Madden has experience expanding brewing concepts in the region.  He served as Executive Brewer at Capitol City Brewing Company where he helped grow from one to five locations during his 10-year tenure.

Madden hopes to have the details finalized in time to take possession of the property in September. Assuming permits and renovation go briskly, the Mad Fox Taproom could be open as early as first quarter 2014.

“Building upon the success of our Falls Church location, we fully expect the Mad Fox Taproom to become a Glover Park destination, with craft beer lovers from all over DC coming to taste our beers.” Madden said. “I’m a big believer in ‘a rising tide lifts all boats,’ and I expect other Glover Park businesses to benefit from our presence, like they have in Falls Church. I can’t wait to bring the Mad Fox atmosphere and experience to the iconic city of Washington, DC.”

The original Falls Church location of Mad Fox Brewing Company is situated between Tysons Corner and Arlington at 444 West Broad Street in Falls Church. Mad Fox has taken home numerous nationwide awards since opening its doors three years ago under Madden’s leadership.  This year alone, Mad Fox earned two “Best of 2013” honors by readers of Northern Virginia Magazine:  Brewpub and Guy’s Night Out.

Additionally, the Falls Church brewpub remains active within the community and proudly sponsors many civic events, local festivals and business activities.  A leader in the craft beer field, Mad Fox beers are featured at Nationals Park and eleven of the best craft beer bars in DC, and this week is a sponsor of DC Beer Week.

Not just a spot for beer connoisseurs, the cuisine at the Mad Fox Falls Church location has received critical acclaim as well.  The brewery features a seasonal menu with items made in house from scratch—Executive Chef Andrew Dixon prides himself on using locally sourced produce, meats, cheeses and other farm fresh ingredients.

For additional information or to make reservations, visit the Mad Fox Brewing Company online at www.madfoxbrewing.com or call 703.942.6840.  Free garage parking is available and the Falls Church brewpub is centrally located between the East Falls Church and West Falls Church Metro Stations. Follow Mad Fox on Twitter: @MadFoxBrewing or on Facebook: MadFoxBrewing.

Dogfish Head Leads The List Of America's Top Craft Breweries

When you think about craft beer, big names like Dogfish Head, Sierra Nevada, or New Belgium likely come to mind. TheDailyMeal.com published their list of the top 15 craft beer breweries, and, to no one’s surprise, each of those previously mentioned breweries were also on the list.

There were also 12 other breweries on the list. Some with only regional distribution, so the names might not be as familiar to you. Or, even better, maybe these top craft brews are available to you, but were previously undiscovered during your beer shelf browsing as you search only for your trusted varieties. Fear not, friend, as this list is sure to please. If you can find any of these in your local market, pick up a sixer.

Top 15 Craft Breweries In The USA

  1. Dogfish Head, Milton, DE
  2. Stone Brewing Company, Escondido, CA
  3. Boulevard Brewing Company, Kansas City, MO
  4. Founders Brewing Company, Grand Rapids, MI
  5. Cigar City Brewing Company, Tampa, FL
  6. New Belgium Brewing Company, Fort Collins, CO
  7. Lagunitas Brewing Company, Petaluma, CA
  8. Bell’s Brewery, Kalamazoo, MI
  9. Russian River Brewing Company, Santa Rosa, CA
  10. Sierra Nevada, Chico, CA
  11. Odell Brewing Company, Fort Collins, CO
  12. Three Floyds Brewing Company, Munster, IN
  13. Avery Brewing Company, Boulder CO
  14. Oskar Blues, Lyons, CO
  15. Rogue Ales, Portland, OR

Former Dogfish Head Brewer Joins Jailbreak Brewing Co. in Howard County, MD

Ryan Harvey, former head brewer at Dogfish Head in Delaware, will be the lead brewer at the newly-formed Jailbreak Brewing Company in Laurel, MD. The brewery is being started by Justin Bonner and his business partner Kasey Turner.

The 20 barrel brewery will begin construction late this fall when brewery equipment is scheduled to arrive – so be on the lookout for early batches in the Spring of 2014.

The two report that they will start with four flagship beers – an IPA, a double IPA, a blonde, and a stout or porter.

For more on this story, visit The Baltimore Business Journal.

Brew Ridge Trail - A Virginia Craft Beer Tour

The Nelson County Department of Tourism and Economic Development have set up a a website to highlight a “beer trail” to make it easier to navigate the region’s local breweries. In all, there are seven breweries featured on the trail including Albemarle CiderWorks, Blue Mountain Brewery, Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company, South Street Brewery, Star Hill Brewing Company, Wild Wolf Brewing Company, and Blue Mountain Barrel House.

There is increased attraction to Virginia breweries since the passing of SB604 allowing production breweries to sell full beers and growlers to the public. Drawing direct attention to the Nelson County breweries are numerous awards earned at various beer competitions in recent years.